Decorating your room can be a lot of fun, and if you're a kid, you want your room to be more than just a room that would fit an adult, but on a smaller scale. Although your room should be just the right size for you, it should also reflect you -- the kid who'll be living in and hanging out in there. Your room can feature exciting colors and interesting decorating themes that appeal to your hobbies and interests. Finally, the kid-friendly room gives you a place to hang out with friends as well as to explore a bit more about yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Paint and supplies
- Wooden letters
- Bean bag chairs
- TV stand
- Glow-in-the-dark stars
- Decorative accessories
- Desk lamp
Ask your parents for input. They'll help you set a budget and assist you with some of the more complicated projects.
Choose a theme. Theme rooms help you on a number of fronts. If you pick a theme such as basketball, unicorns, Harry Potter or Beatrix Potter, you've narrowed down the visuals you'll feature in the room as well as some possible colors. For example, if you've chosen to feature a favorite sports team, the room's colors could be taken from the jerseys and the decor could center on the team's outfits, posters of favorite team stars and feature a team bedspread.
Add some pizzazz to the walls by painting the room. Start with a base coat of paint in one of the colors you have selected. Dress up the paint job by painting designs on the walls such as large polka dots, a stencil design or even a mural featuring your favorite character from a book or movie.
Let everyone know that the room belongs to you. Glue some painted wooden letters that spell your name on the wall, or position them on a shelf along with a collection of collectible items.
Get clever with the bed option. For example, loft beds provide much than just a place to sleep; they also give you some extra space underneath to put a desk or a sitting area filled with kid-friendly bean bags and a TV stand.
Remember the ceiling. Your decorating efforts don't have to stop at the walls. For example, if you have a burgeoning interest in astronomy, paint the night sky on your ceiling. Add glow-in-the-dark stars for extra effect.
Make some creative space for yourself. For example, you can create a reading nook under a ceiling canopy, spray paint chalkboard paint on her closet doors or set up an art corner complete with pastel crayons and paints (see Resource 1 for a photo of the reading nook).
Give the room some proper lighting. You will have several lighting needs. Add a dimmer switch to the overhead light so that you can adjust the light for sleeping, movie watching and other activities. Make sure that your desk has a good desk lamp -- one inspired by your room's theme adds a nice decorative touch.
- Apartment Therapy; Loft Bed Trend, Vegan Faux Fur Throw & Lego Inauguration; Janel Laban; January 2009
- Home Decorating Made Easy: Decorating Children's Rooms -- Making Them Child-Friendly
- Home Decorating Made Easy: Decorating Kids Rooms -- Themes And Ideas
- Creative Homemaking; Awesome Tween Rooms Your Child Will Love; Alyssa Davis
- Cool Kids' Rooms: Room Painting Ideas
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